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On the 21st and 22nd June our Year 4 students received the Eucharist for the first time.
May the happiness of this celebration continue on each day as you live your life in Christ.

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In Inquiry Year 3/4D and 3/4A have been learning about the Human Body. We investigated the Digestive System. We worked in small groups and created our own life size models of the Digestive System.

First we traced around one of the students in our groups. We brainstormed what materials we would use to represent each organ involved in the Digestive System. Some of the materials we used were sponges, straws, balloons, tissue paper, string, stockings, crepe paper, cardboard tubes, streamers, newspaper and even a whoopee cushion.

It took about 6 lessons to create our life-size models. Once we finished creating our models we had to label all the parts and write a description of what they do.

What did you think of our models? Did they look like the Digestive System?
What facts do you know about the digestive system?

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On Wednesday 11th June people from the Hawthorn Football club came to teach the year 3 students about healthy eating. We learnt that to be a Hawks player you need to eat healthy food and drinks. During the week we had to record any exercise we did, what we ate, how many glasses of water we drank and how many hours of sleep we had.

On Wednesday 18th June Angus Litherland showed us how to kick the football and do a handball. First we had to warm up to make sure we didn’t get injured when we were playing footy. We played lots of games that required us to use teamwork. We enjoyed playing footy with Angus.

Check out photos from the Hawks in Schools program below:

What was your favourite part of the Hawks in Schools Program?
What football team do you barrack for? Who is your favourite footy player?

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On the 19th and 20th of May the Middle School had Monash Science Centre come out to lead us through an incursion about the Digestive System.

We learnt how long it takes for a child, a male adult and a female adult to fully digest their food. It takes 6 to 8 hours for food to pass through stomach and small intestine. Average of 40 hours just to pass through large intestine alone. Variations between men(33hrs), women (47hrs) and children (33hrs) exist. Anywhere between 24 and 48 hours is normal.

We did an oesophagus race where you squeeze a ping-pong ball through a stocking. This process is called peristalsis.

We made a mixture then put it into a plastic zip-lock bag. Then we added more ingredients (enzymes). We had to break the food up into small pieces just like the stomach does. Did you know it takes 4 hours for the stomach to break up and digest your food.

After that the Mei, the lady from Monash Science Centre, shaped the mixture and made it look like poop. We enjoyed all of it and had a lot of fun. Click on the link below to see photos from our incursion (sorry it takes a while to open):

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What did you learn about the digestive system?
What was your favourite part of our digestive system incursion?

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Today is National Simultaneous Storytime. It is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 14th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children’s book. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year the book chosen is ‘Too Many Elephants in This House’ written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom! The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem…

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Many people came to school dressed up as characters from the book, either as an elephant or Eric. We had lots of fun bringing in our toy elephants from home. Check out the photo below showing there are Too Many Elephants in 3/4D!

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What would you do if you had too many elephants in your house?
What might you build or make for them to live in?
What was your favourite part of National Simultaneous Storytime?

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This term for Inquiry we are looking at different systems. We are investigating how does change happen in a system. At the moment we are studying the human body system. On Monday 5th May Year 3/4D went on an excursion to the Melbourne Museum. The Museum is a fascinating place to visit. Click on the Smilebox presentation below to check out all the interesting things we saw:

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Year 3/4D now it is time to reflect on our excursion to the Museum.

Complete a 3-2-1 strategy on your trip to the Melbourne Museum.
Write down your thinking in full sentences.
3- things you discovered
2- interesting things
1 – Question or wondering you have

What was your favourite part of the excursion?

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I think that it is important to remember ANZAC Day because soldiers fought for Australia and New Zealand’s freedom and lots of people died for us so we should pay our respects to those soldiers. I also feel sorry for the families that have a relative who died at war. Those people who went to war knew that they could die but sacrificed their lives and went away leaving their family for a period of time. We should remember how scared the soldiers’ family were as war went for a long time. Lots of people are very sad because war isn’t a good thing. I think it is important because if we didn’t have those brave soldiers, then we wouldn’t be a free country. By Theresa

It is important to remember ANZAC Day because all of the soldiers served our country and put their lives at risk so we could have a free country. All the people that came back from war want to celebrate what they did for Australia and what their mates have done even if they didn’t return. By Nikolas

I think it is important to remember ANZAC Day because the people that fought for us protected us and are still protecting us. So we should remember them. They knew they could die but they still fought. They left their family knowing that they might not return. They knew the dangers and injuries they might get. Lest We Forget. By Paige

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ANZAC Day is a time to remember what happened to the people that fought for us in World War 1 and World War 2. I think the ANZAC day tradition is a great time to celebrate all the people that made our world a better place. By Taylah

It is important to remember ANZAC Day because all the soldiers fought for our country. It reminds us of all the soldiers who died for us. The Soldiers were very brave to go to war. By Evan

It is important to remember ANZAC Day because the people who went to war went for us and for our freedom. There is a Dawn Service and then a parade. People from the war go to have a drink. Some relatives go with them. They died for us while serving our country. By Gabriella

It is important to remember ANZAC Day for all the brave, young but sad, people who fought for our freedom. OUR freedom. They risked their lives in World War 1. Over 60,000 Aussies and New Zealanders died, for us. That is why we have ANZAC Day. We also celebrate ANZAC Day for all the survivors. To remember all the fallen soldiers we have a minute silence and play the last post. We also have dawn services. By Sophie M

Please watch the song ‘The Last ANZAC’

Why do you think it is important to remember ANZAC Day?

What did you do on ANZAC Day?

 

 

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In 3/4D we have been looking at the events of Holy Week. Each level in the school was given a section of Holy Week to create a piece of artwork. Our Preps created fantastic pictures of Palm Sunday. Our Year 1/2s lead us through the events of Holy Thursday where Jesus washed the disciples feet and then shared a Last Supper together.

Our level was asked to create artwork depicting events on Holy Thursday where Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The Year 3/4 students broke into groups and used a variety of techniques to create our artwork. We used collage, oil pastels, water colour painting, charcoal and stencils to create our pictures. Click on the link below to see students individual art pieces and to listen to their reflections on their piece.

Our Year 5/6 students created amazing pictures showing the events of Good Friday.

Why is it important to remember the events of Holy Week?
What did you like about the different pieces of art? Why?
What did you like about your piece of art work?

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Harmony Day is a time when everyone celebrates all the different cultures that make Australia unique. It is on the 21st of March. This day is about respecting others and trying to make the world a better place to live in. Harmony Day is caring about other people’s culture and traditions. You can join in the celebrations by wearing orange.

Did you know 45% of Australians have been born overseas or their parents are from overseas. In 3/4D we have students from Vietnam, Germany, Korea, Italy, Greece, England, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Ukraine and Australia.

This morning we started with a whole school Harmony Day Assembly. Students were given a Harmony Day sticker and a Bullying No Way wristband. We all sang a special song for Harmony Day called Tell me your story.

In class we watched a short video about Harmony Day and we chose a Harmony Day colouring in sheet to do.
Check out some of our artwork!

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At 12.45pm the students in year 2, 3 and 4 went to the oval to participate in some fun teamwork activities organised by our SRC reps. We did a hopping race, sack race, egg and spoon race and a three-legged race. The activities were really fun and everyone got to have a go. Some students were given certificates for supporting others in a positive way.

We had lunch together as a whole school to celebrate Harmony Day. Students all got an icy-pole.

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The 21st of March also marks Bullying No Way! Day. This is a day to take a stand together against bullying.
This reminds us to stand up against bullying behaviour.

What does Harmony Day mean to you? What was your favourite part of Harmony Day?

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